Founded in 1994, Cameroon Wildlife Conservation Society, CWCS is one of the lead and pioneer conservation national NGOs in Cameroon. The organization’s mission is to contribute to safeguarding Cameroon’s biodiversity by promoting rational utilization of its natural resources for purpose of sustainable development and nature conservation. CWCS is a democratic membership organization with over 100 members and volunteers/sympathizers from various professional disciplines.
The affairs of the organization are managed on daily basis by national bureau headed by an elected chairperson/president assisted by an executive composed primarily of a secretary general, treasure, national program coordinator and technical advisors. In terms of membership, the following are defined categories of members of the organization:
- Statutory/permanent members: This group is composed of pioneer founding members who actively contributed to creation of the national NGO in 1994. The permanent members constitute core group of technical advisors of CWCS providing strategic guidance to running affairs of the organization. Some of them hold elected positions in the national executive of CWCS. Currently they are five permanent members still actively involved in activities of the organization
- Executive members: All elected members to national bureau of the organization are part of the executive team. Other members included appointed dignitaries or other distinguished persons who have made significant contributions to growth and development of CWCS. The dignitaries or distinguished personalities are appointed by national bureau. At moment, this group is composed of 6 members.
- Active members: This group consists of those individuals who are fully registered and regularly pay their dues including active participation in CWCS field activities. Active members must satisfy membership requirements of the organization with strict compliance to existing legal requirements of the organization in terms of morale, discipline and professionalism. CWCS initially registered 25 active members but most are yet to update their financial dues.
- Affiliated members: The affiliated members are mostly strategic and technical partners and institutions working with CWCS such as members of Cameroon Mangrove Action Network with more than 25 registered members. Affiliated members also include foreign institutions collaborating with CWCS in various conservation initiatives and programs.
- Volunteers/sympathizers: Core members of this group are mostly students, interns, researchers and sympathizers from the general public. This group is undoubtedly the largest group within the organization with potential members who in future will play active and key roles within membership framework of the organization. Their contribution especially for students and interns primarily has been through studies, publications, technical reports and other academic/scholarly write-ups. Over the past 5 years, CWCS has trained and supervised more than 60 students as interns for undergraduate, M.Sc. and doctoral programs.